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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 10, 2006 9:24pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

If I had to choose I'd say 1973-1977, with '77 being the absolute best single Dead Year ever.

That being said there are many wonderful gems to cull from the 1979-1983 era, and I would agree w/the posters who said 1981 and '82 in particular are consistently fantastic.

For a great representative of a 1981 show I would recommend 5-1-81 Hampton (available here w/an AUD that's actually better than a SBD) and for 1982 a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. dated 9-11-82.

Virtually ANY show from 1977 is golden, despite the formulaic set lists of that year. They played the songs with technical precision AND high octane passion. 10-29-77 will bear this out if anyone wants an example.

And yes there are still great shows after 1983 but I find the examples of those are more isolated. Arguments of course will ensue. But I say this having seen the bulk of my shows from 1984-1990 (first show was 1979, one of the last Keith-Donna shows ever) and I truly believe the band started to slip in overall magnificence after 1983.

I do believe there was a short revival period of 1989-1991 when Jerry gave it one last college try and certainly the Branford shows in 1990 and the run at Alpine Valley in 1989 are great examples of wonderful shows.

I would say that after 1991 things were really more miss than hit, including some really cringe-inducing performances I don't fault Jerry for at all...he just was caught in a steam locamotive of something that had become more of a "scene" than a band and was rolling down a track that could only lead to exhaustion and ultimately tragedy.

Whatever the case, I bet we can all agree that we miss it terribly, and we never had such a good time, in our life before , and if we could, would love to have it one time more.

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Poster: lip11 Date: Jan 13, 2006 11:18am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

Listen to this man. I put the Dekalb, IL show on tonight from 10/29/77, and it f***kin rips.

If you have to pick a year, 1977 is my choice, with 1971 and
1970 a very close 2nd, but it really depends on the mood you're in!

John

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 15, 2006 6:38pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Dead Era?

Right on, L.... Glad you enjoyed it! Oughta be a Dix Pix some day...so sad the SBD is no longer available for DL...